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The Rite Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This is a movie about priests fighting the evil Baal demon. That's not a spiritual journey "suggested by true events." That's a Tenacious D song.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
Poor character development, a thin plot and predictability make this one a forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matt Looker
September 27, 2012
[Hopkins] stumbles through his entire acting range - from lazy, stilted line delivery to balls-out mentalist improvisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Hopkins' character approaches his job like a weary pest-control specialist worn down by years and years of driving off a persistent cockroach that just keeps crawling back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
Since this movie was so exhausting, I took an extra amount of joy in the brief jolts of electricity I saw -- namely the random violence and weird jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Starnes
January 31, 2011
Do we need another Exorcist rip off? No. No we don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Paul Verhoeven
The Vine
March 9, 2011
It's the cinematic equivalent of a modest, drab meal; you can eat it, but you probably won't enjoy it. Unless you're a priest and you're used to eating that sort of thing.
Simon Miraudo
March 9, 2011
In The Exorcist - made 38 years ago mind you - we had a possessed little girl saying horrible, unrepeatable things. Here, one of the worst expletives shared by the demon is the phrase "kissy lips". Alright then.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 10, 2011
The filmmakers have gone with a stock-standard mould that offers nothing new. If there was a surprise... it was just how boring these characters were.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
January 27, 2011
There may be redemption in store for some of his characters, but Hafstrom has some serious work ahead of him if he wants any kind of absolution after this wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
February 24, 2011
The Vatican will love it. Audiences won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 31, 2011
"The Rite's" insistence on chewing over Michael's snoozer of a spiritual crisis keeps the story from taking hold and taking us anywhere at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 14, 2011
Exorcist fans will be bored, Hopkins devotees will be confused, and Colin O'Donoghue obsessives exist only in the mind of Colin O'Donoghue.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 26, 2011
O'Donoghue is so stunningly uncharismatic that he kills whatever possibilities this picture from the director of the silly-scary-smart "1408″ had.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 1, 2011
Light on gore, The Rite's a snore, consisting largely of ponderous conversations that seminary students might have over a big bowl of pea soup.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 23, 2011
Could have been put together in a much snappier way, with a hugely convoluted opening certainly not helping The Rite's uneven pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 27, 2011
There are some interesting ideas and themes in The Rite; unfortunately, an uneven tone and a disappointingly generic climax dilute them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
January 27, 2011
Sir Anthony here doesn't just chew the scenery; he grinds it into dust.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2011
Dave Whitehead's sound design fills the production with ominous whooshings that sometimes overwhelm the dialogue, not that the dialogue doesn't deserve it.
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